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Much ado about nothing in Lakewood, transit blogger says

Post by Kim Bradford on Nov. 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm with 4 Comments »
November 19, 2009 2:39 pm

Ben Schiendelman of the Seattle Transit Blog (which does a great job of tracking transit issues up and down I-5 despite its name) has a counterpoint to our Wednesday editorial about Amtrak trains running through Lakewood.

Schiendelman laments that the state Department of Transportation’s outreach efforts have done little to stem opposition that has emerged in Lakewood. He says calling these trains “high-speed” is a misnomer and notes that passenger trains already run up to 79 mph through Sumner, Puyallup, Kent and Auburn without incident. Schiendelman points out that the crossings will be much quicker with shorter Amtrak trains than the long freight trains that lumber along that route now.

It’s clear that trains will cause no more of a delay than any other light cycle, and backups across intersections when a train approaches are prevented by synchronizing signals.

Here’s the video WSDOT made to model peak traffic at the intersections in 2020.

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  1. You should provide a link to the other two videos posted by WASDOT as well, especially the second where a jogger decides to sprint across with the barrier in the down position. The problems from this needed improvement in rail transportation will not come from the trains but from humans thinking they can “outrun” one.

  2. The videos are available at the Seattle Transit Blog link I’ve provided.

  3. scottsch111 says:

    Ben Schiendelman has criticized Tacoma before for not bending over and taking whatever transit projects Sound Transit wants to shove up our downtowns. See his posts on the D-M project in the Dome District from earlier this year, which gave very little credence to stakeholder arguments. The quantiful comments on those posts tended to fall under two camps: knowledgeable stakeholders in Tacoma trying to make sure their viewpoints saw the light of day, and Ben and other Seattle-centric opinionators ignorant of the local issue essentially telling them to shut up and be glad they’re getting something. No surprise that he’s giving the same treatment to Lakewood.

  4. I disagreed with Ben about the berm, but agree with him here. If the Sounder works in SoDo, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, and Puyallup, it can work in Lakewood.

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